Since being the first official candidate to register as Councillor – Ward 3 (South Ajax), I’ve heard time and time again from business owners and residents alike that Downtown Ajax is suffering.
Over the past few months, I have had continued conversations with stakeholders in our Downtown who have echoed these concerns regarding the revitalization process. It is apparent that Councillor Brown has made no attempt to fix the issue, revitalize Downtown, or fight for these jobs that these business owners have created in Ajax.
Just last month, I publically asked Councillor Brown about having the parking lot in the Ajax Plaza repaved as it is unsafe, dangerous, and a hazard to those with accessibility needs, the elderly, and families with young children. I received a response from the Town of Ajax Twitter (@TownofAjax) in which it was confirmed that we would finally get the parking lot resurfaced this summer as well as some much needed accessibility upgrades.
I followed up with the Town of Ajax and Councillor Brown just a few days ago on Twitter, asking about timelines and they clarified that instead a much needed overhaul, the crumbling lot will simply receive “significant repair work”.
THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE.
And just today, residents and business owners informed me that a new condo project has been announced (https://www.jaxcondos.org/) for our Downtown. Again, our businesses were left in the dark.
THIS IS ALSO UNACCEPTABLE.
The Ajax Plaza and its revitalization are a top priority for me. I believe that we need to revitalize our Downtown, but we do not need to abandon the well-loved businesses that call Downtown Ajax home.
We can come up with a plan that includes keeping the existing businesses and the jobs that come with them, as well as new, mixed-use buildings that can serve future Ajax residents and businesses. Together, we can build Downtown Ajax into something that we can be proud of.
Over the course of the campaign, I will continue to fight for a fair deal for Downtown and for local jobs!
Kurtis McAleer Campaign